In 2018 investments in collector’s editions of whisky made it possible to earn a 40% profit and were classified at the top of the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index as recently published by the Wealth Report. Investments in coins, which made it possible to earn more than in wine or art, were rated second.
Last year, a 1926 Macallan bottle, hand-painted by an Irish artist, Michael Dillon, was sold for 1.2 million pounds, which cost only 5,000 pounds 20 years ago. This shows us an increase of 23.9 thousand percent. Other malts, not only those sought after by enthusiasts, are also more and more often treated as investments turning in high return rates. This steep rise in prices is due to the limited supply of the oldest liquors from the most famous distilleries. Over the past ten years, one could earn as much as 582 percent from a rare whisky. This information comes from Knight Frank’s latest report, which is dedicated to the luxury goods market, and Rare Whisky 101, which monitors the whisky auction market.
According to the aforementioned report, high profits were also yielded by coins, which has went up by 12 percent last year and has gone up by 193 percent over the last decade. A one-hundred gold ducat coin, minted in Poland in 1621, was sold by the Classic Numismatic Group for 2.2 million dollars. This is the most expensive Polish coin, of which only three pieces are known. The second one was sold in 2008 for 1.38 million dollars. The third one is held in a collection owned by the Czapski Museum in Cracow and it will never be seen on the auction market. According to the Knight Frank report, one could not find a more profitable investment than investments in whisky and coins. Art and wine have gone up by 9%, and watches have gone up by 5%.
Recently, collecting goes hand in hand with lucrative investments, as proven by the above data, consequently providing more and more opportunities in the market. This is represented by the fact that collectors of unique liquors and coins have been given an opportunity to combine their profitable passions with and supplementing their collections with Spirit Coins containing glass capsules of unique, age-old liquors. The limited numismatic series of Spirit Coins, created by Lux Coin, a company founded by Wealth Solutions, includes three collectible items: the Whisky Coin, the Rum Coin and the Cognac Coin. These have all been minted using the highest quality two-ounce gold in only 300 copies and contain capsules with the world’s rarest liquors, two of which have been listed in the Guinness Book of Records – rum as the oldest liquor known in the world and cognac as the oldest liquor sold at the auction. There are very few possibilities to find older liquors, which makes the Spirit Coins series even more attractive. The profitability of this investment may be even higher due to its very limited circulation of the series because single coins are usually less priced than those minted in collections.
The first coin in this series is the Whisky Coin containing the world’s oldest whisky. This is an 1862 Old Vatted Glenlivet which was acquired by Wealth Solutions thanks to contacts with Sukhinder Singh, a famous British collector of rare spirits and owner of The Whisky Exchange. It was minted by one of the world’s recognized mints, the Australian Perth Mint. The second coin, the Rum Coin, contains a capsule with the world’s oldest rum, a 1780 Harewood. The liquor was found in 2011 in the Harewood estate palace cellars and then sold at auction. The coin with this liquor was minted by Mennica Polska (Mint of Poland), which is considered to be one of the most technologically advanced and creates collectors’ coins for a large number of countries all around the world and. The last one in the Spirit Coins series is the Cognac Coin with a capsule containing the world’s oldest cognac, a 1762 Gautier.
As you can see, it is now possible to combine the most effective forms of placing capital on the collector and luxury goods market. This unique marriage is certainly worth the attention of not only lovers of rare alcoholic beverages and enthusiasts of unique coins, but also investors.